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ballast caught fire or fried at least

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Hello All,

My ballast that runs my halide light fried on me last week. When I flipped the switch on there was some popping and smoke. Now I have no halide light. I have been running my actinics until I got some money to replace the ballast. Does anyone know where the best place to get something like this would be?? Some of my corals are not doing good at all without the halide. Any advice would be great, thank you.

 

This is the fixture

 

Fixture Size: 35.50 x 15 x 3

Support: 1x 250W DE HQI, 2x 96W Compact Fluorescent, 4x Dual Bluemoon LED

 

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External 250W Electronic HQI Metal Halide Ballast with On/Off Switch

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Internal Compact Fluorescent Ballasts

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Three On/Off Switch, 1 for CF, 1 for LEDs, 1 for Cooling Fan

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Individual Power Cords for Separate Timer Setup

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Non-Corrosive Powder Coated Aluminum Housing

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Heavy Duty Cooling Fan

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Tempered Glass and Clear Acrylic Lens Covers

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Highly Polished Reflector

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Mounting Legs Included

 

FREE ITEMS w/ Metal Halide System Purchase

1x Odyssea 250W DE HQI Bulb 15000K

2x Odyssea 96W Compact Fluorescent Bulb Actinic Blue

4x Dual Bluemoon LED

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i really like the galaxy ballasts, if you have to buy new. very efficient and powerful. you may find someone that has a ballast used that you can get a good deal on. i would just be glad you were there when it happened. i have an odyssea fixture, and had to upgrade the ballast and bulbs in fear of this happening. the older HQI odyssea ballasts were netoreous for doing this. the electronic ballasts are better, but you really need a quality ballast like galaxy, pfo, icecap, ect. if you head down to the eugene area, i can sell you a odyssea that i took off for cheap, like $30, both for $50. good luck, dont wait too long.

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It sounds to me like the cap blew -- it should be an easy fix for anyone with some electronics background. The replacement part is only ~$30.

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